Revised June 14, 2012. Taps list has risen to a choice of 20 now. Prices seem a little higher than previously. Huge staff turn over now, and the new servers seem to know less about beer than ever. Still the place to visit, just don’t expect rapid, knowledgeable service.
Paid a visit with a pal from Toronto for the 2nd Cask Night. Arrived mid afternoon, and managed to get a seat (well, comfortable wooded bench that runs the length of the patio) out on the very sunny and hot patio. Patio remains quiet as it is set quiet a way back from the main road.
Server came over after about a minute with some very welcome glasses of water and the lunch menus. Basic choices of food but what there is is reasonably priced and very tasty. Server was very polite and chatty, and made you feel welcome.
The tap selection is very Euro-centric at the moment and a bit lame (IMHO) but the recent addition of Alley Kat is very welcome. It’s the bottle list that really makes this place stand out; great diversity and the pricing just can’t be argued with. DDC Peche Mortel is only $6.00 a bottle, Rogue XS Imperial Stout only $23.00!!
Can get very busy at times, especially with the student rush, but most people don’t mind sharing tables with total strangers.
Overall, has a real nice relaxed atmosphere, staff are attentive and is just a great place to waste away the hours drinking great beers and meeting new friends.
A must visit if you are beerhunting in Edmonton. Decent bottle list covering a wide range of styles, a few rotating taps and some limited release stuff in bottles too. Proper glassware is used, draughts are poured well. Staff are pretty knowledgeable about what they are serving. Water is constantly replenished on the table. Small menu with some comfort food items and burgers. They’re supposed to do a pretty wicked brunch as well. Also serves coffee and deserts. Good value, good atmosphere. Time your visit well, this place is small and seating is very limited. You may also experience a wait for a washroom on busier nights as they toilets are single occupancy. Also if you’re checking out their beer menu online, and it looks a bit lame, the actually beer menu inside is more interesting and quite a bit larger. Theses are just minor quibbles, overall this is in my top 5 places in the country, even a seasoned rater will probably find something to rate.
Decided to check this place out on my latest trip yo Edmonton. We rolled in at about 8 on a Sunday night, and the place was packed. Very young crowd, mostly students, loud but in a ’small place that’s packed’ way, not in a ’people being drunk idiots’ way. Tap list was pretty impressive, good mix of Alberta breweries and the better class of imports, bottle list wasn’t the largest in Alberta, but was thoughtfully written. Didn’t eat, but we enjoyed this place. Probably the best ’scene’ beer-wise in Alberta.
Great atmosphere with great beers both in bottle and on tap.
Plays hosts to some awesome cask nights.
Issue I have with Sugar Bowl is the absence of customer parking and their lack of capacity. They often play host to events they just can’t handle and turn many a potential customer away.
If you do get in and seated it is a fabulous experience.
one of the better places in edmonton. tucked in the university area, this small place has an impressive selection of different beers, at quite reasonable prices (for this city). not nearly as much price mark-up compared to other bars/restaurants. they recently changed/added to their beer menu. food is ok. bistro-esque. truly a great place to go for an atmosphere for talking to your company, and enjoying a beer menu that is skewed from the average pub/bar/restaurant in the area.
A young hip pub with a great vibe. One of the more diverse beer menu’s in town, but a tad overpriced. Service is rarely very good or quick and unfortunately more often than not they know little about the beer. Menu is interesting and food is generally pretty good.
2015-06-04. Garage doors out front, copper topped rounded bar, brick walls are covered in colourful art. I’m one of the oldest people here by a good margin - the proximity to the university is likely a factor. Bartenders are friendly, today featuring a tall laid back hipster bunned dude and the adorably bespectacled female lead in an indie romance. Definitely the most character of any of the beer places I have been in Edmonton. Food menu is short but fairly solid. I wasn’t that hungry but was tempted by the chicken and waffles which is decadently indulgent. Chicken is lightly breaded and waffles are flavourful without being too sweet. Tap list is good but not overly exciting, pretty decent bottle list as well. Mix of Alberta and BC crafts and some imports. I opted for a La Chouffe after they were out of several of my first choices. Not a bad fall back! Great spot, but beer wise there are other options in town.